Into the Pit – First Quarter 2020

Howdy headbangers! Josh here, I’m officially taking over Into the Pit while Pete’s off trying to make the world a better place and whatnot. This means two things: a) it’s gonna get a whole lot groovier around here, and b) subheadings! The best quarterly releases from the world of thrash and thrash-adjacent metal will now be coming at you in the tried and true tradition of a “Big Four”. I don’t know why we never thought of this before; is it because, between the two of us, there were always too many picks to whittle down, or because there happened…

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Cool People Column – 3/30/20

It’s been said that there’s more to life than music and, while we remain sceptical, we’ve decided to test the premise with our new bi-weekly Cool People Column! Noyan and Eden already bring you great pop culture recommendations and discussions each week on Heavy Pod is Heavy, but why should they get to have all the fun? (Just because they essentially maintain and run the blog itself? I think not!) Now it’s the rest of the staff’s turn to share all the cool things from beyond the world of music that have been tickling their fancy over the last fortnight;…

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE (And Then Some): It Was A Good Dream Invite Us To “Descend / Suppress / Sustain”

Right, I want to actually open this one by saying: you’re not supposed to have this shit figured out, OK? Self-isolation, social distancing, quarantine, the new economic reality, what comes next; it’s hard to wrap our minds around the fact that this has been going on for only three months. For most of us, the change in life only hit a few weeks ago. You’re not supposed to have it figured out, you’re not supposed to understand this new reality yet, you’re not supposed to have figured out what to do. Most of us haven’t and I say that just…

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Spell – Opulent Decay

Of all the genres to augment and splice with new varieties, good ol’ heavy metal seems to be the one that escapes the creative mutations most often. It makes sense. If a heavy metal-augmented style becomes “too” anything, that retro flavor seems to fade the fastest. It’s suddenly no longer defined by its “heavy metal-ness,” but instead a litany of other descriptors to more precisely arrange artists and albums. Heavy metal is like a base ingredient, a foundation, and it’s increasingly defined by the absence of other influences. In many ways, there’s even an understood purity test that makes a…

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